I was going to comment on Joe’s post about paying $30 to make sure he sat next to his 3 year old but then I remembered I have a blog! His post made me LOL because in twelve years of flying with two kids I’ve never paid a penny and have never been separated from them. I don’t have magic status and I don’t always fly Southwest (which is an easy way to solve this problem, BTW). I have one magic trip up my sleeve…
I do absolutely nothing.
And I mean nothing. If a flight looks at all full I don’t check in online at all. At the airport I just hand over my ID with the kids in tow and magically get handed three tickets together- about 3/4 of the time in economy plus.
I don’t just employ this now that they’re older- I’ve been doing this since Deal Kid was 2 and it has NEVER failed me. The bottom line is that the airlines don’t want you separated from your kids any more than you do and gate agents have latitude in seating individual passengers that were formerly in your disconnected seats in exit rows or giving them an upgrade. It’s just common sense for the airline.
Now I realize every rule has an exception and it’s possible I’m just the luckiest parent alive. However, I don’t think so. I think the lack of selecting seats works greatly in my favor. On the off chance it didn’t work, I have real trouble imagining anyone out there wanting to sit next to your three year old, especially if they can trade their middle seat for your aisle in the process. Joe, PLEASE don’t pay that seat fee again!
Do you employ the laissez-faire of airline seating with kids as well? What works for you? I ‘d love to hear your take in the comments.
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